The European Commission has taken its first step towards regulating emissions from trucks, buses and coaches.
It has introduced carbon dioxide limits – based on improved fuel efficiency for cars and vans – for heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) as they were unregulated.
The new strategy will involve the Commission measuring carbon emissions from new vehicles using a computer simulation tool called VECTO. It intends to bring forward proposals for legislation next year which would require CO2 emissions from new HDVs to be certified, reported and monitored.
HDVs are said to be responsible for around a quarter of carbon emissions from road transport and 5% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the EU.
Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said: “We first regulated cars and vans and we can now see the results: emissions have been reduced, air pollution in cities is in decline and more innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles are now available to consumers. That is why we turn now to trucks and buses.
“This strategy outlines new measures which over time will cut CO2 emissions of these vehicles, save operators money and make the EU less dependent on imported oil.”